Keith Schäfer, MD of Volvo Car Malaysia
Volvo Car Malaysia launched the new Volvo V40 models for the Malaysian market at the Mid Valley Megamall concourse this morning, namely Volvo V40 T4, Volvo V40 T5 & Volvo V40 Cross Country, a variant with more rugged, sportier features. The new model V40 achieved a five star Euro NCAP collision safety rating with the overall result being the highest ever recorded by the institute.
Keith Schäfer, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia officiated proceedings at the launch ceremony, having taken over the reins of Volvo Car Malaysia from retiring Volvo Car Asia President, Mr. Goran Larson in the last couple of weeks.
Unveiling Volvo V40 T4
The Volvo T40 is the first Volvo to offer the enhanced Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) which is now radar-based. The technology can now also monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles up to 70m behind the car. It still informs the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides of the car by providing varying tempos of audible warnings depending on the proximity of the car behind.
Cross Traffic Alert uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is especially helpful in light and crowded areas where the side view might be limited due to infrastructure, vegetation or other parked cars.
The Volvo V40 is the first Volvo that features an enhanced City Safety system. This system is now active at speeds up to 50km/h (previously 30km/h). The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to reach in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops – or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast.
Volvo V40 Cross Country
It also features world-class crash safety including a safety cage with effective deformation zones and various grades of high-strength steel. The driver’s side is fitted with a new knee airbag. It is installed in the dashboard above the pedals and deployed together with the other airbags on the event of a frontal collision.
The new Park Assist Pilot makes parallel parking easy and precise by taking over and operating the steering wheel while the driver handles the gearbox and controls the car’s speed.
The fully graphic digital instrument cluster allows a choice of three variations based on the driver’s preference – Eco, Elegance and Performance – meaning that the information the driver wants is the information featured largest.
The vehicle can be equipped with Bluetooth® technology that enables wireless communication. The Bluetooth connection allows not only hands-free phone conversations but also music streaming from your preferred Bluetooth enabled portable music player. Volvo is actually the only brand to offer Bluetooth music streaming throughout the entire vehicle range.
To optimise the driving experience, the Volvo V40 T5 and Cross Country have a five-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged T5 engine with a power output of 213 hp and 300Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre GTDi T4 engine has a power output of 180 hp and offers maximum torque of 240Nm.
The T5 version comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox while the T4 is available with the automatic six-speed Powershift transmission.
Volvo V40 T4
Available from RM173,888 for the V40 T4 model, RM188,888 for the T5 model and RM198,888 for th V40 Cross Country, the newly launched cars are competitively priced with technology that would normally come at a much higher price. In addition, the Volvo comes with best in class coverage : 5 years free servicing, inclusive of parts, 5 years free warranty and 5 years Volvo On-Call cover provide hassle-free motoring for all new Volvo owners.